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Match Report: Leinster Rugby vs ASM Clermont Auvergne

by Patrick Fennelly, 2011-08-23

Early last week when Leinster were counting the wounded from their trip to France, coach Joe Schmidt was busy talking about Vern Cotters penchant for mind games. Well now, following Leinsters impressive win over their visitors, perhaps it's his previous understudy who could be accused of the mind games.
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Match Preview: Leinster Rugby vs ASM Clermont Auvergne

by Jim O'Connor, 2010-12-17

Just six days after last Sunday's momentous clash in France, Leinster and Clermont need to dust themselves off and go out and do battle again. It was, once again, a fantastic game between the two sides. Clermont just about deserved their win but Leinster wouldn't have been too upset to escape with a precious losing bonus point. It was a wonderfully brave performance by the blues, especially considering the relatively callow team they had out in comparison to the mighty Jaunards line-up. That said, Leinster will know that with a bit more composure with the many chances they created they could have drawn or even won the match.
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A bird's eye view from the terrace: Ask not what your province can do for you...

by Yvonne Kelly, 2010-12-15

After the visit of Clermont to the RDS earlier this year those who travelled to Stade Marcel Michelin last weekend knew they were in for an experience, but I doubt any Leinster fan expected just how intense that atmosphere would be. We have all admired those areas in away grounds from where the noise and atmosphere seems to emanate - the supporters stand in Toulouse, the promenade in Ulster and the shed in Gloucester to name but a few. But in rugby grounds the world over I have never seen anything quite like what we witnessed last Sunday.
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Match Report: ASM Clermont Auvergne vs Leinster Rugby

by Patrick Fennelly, 2010-12-13

Rarely have injuries come in such bunches and at such inopportune moments, but it seems that Leinster are always left without a full strength squad following the Autumn Internationals. Blame could, and probably should, be pointed at Declan Kidney, who insisted on risking both D'Arcy and O'Driscoll after both Kearney and Fitzgerald were ruled out indefinitely. Only the former survived the battle fit, and O'Driscoll was limited to sideline influence in France at the weekend.
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Match Preview: ASM Clermont Auvergne vs Leinster Rugby

by Jim O'Connor, 2011-08-23

Leinster face a daunting trip to France this Sunday for a crucial Heineken Cup tie against Clermont. Having won their first two pool matches, Leinster are in good shape going into their 100th European match. However they know the results of this match and next weeks return in the Aviva stadium will go a long way towards deciding who wins this 'group of death'.
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